US Forest Service - Visitor Communication Specialist INTERNSHIP
Volunteer interns in the Fort Collins Forest Information Center answer a variety of natural resource questions in person and over the phone.
Interns will have the opportunity to ride along and assist United States Forest Service (USFS) employees on field assignments; meet and shadow a natural resource specialist of your choosing as they go about their work in the office or field; and participate in behind-the-scenes activities and projects which support the Forest Service mission to Care for the Land and Serve People.
Enhance Your Skills
Strengthen your communication skills by answering natural resource based questions related to recreation including camping, hiking, backpacking, scenic driving, public firewood sales and fire prevention.
Learn sales and customer service techniques.
Expand your knowledge of natural resource management practices, policies and regulations.
Experience first-hand how management principles are applied. Join the award winning Poudre Wilderness Volunteers at their annual outdoor training in May.
Shadow USFS personnel in the office or on field going assignments.
Bring Your Interests In
Natural resources management and local outdoor recreation opportunities.
Communicating USFS and natural resource information to people from varying backgrounds.
Sharing your knowledge and passion of the out-of-doors.
Professionally represent the USFS mission by providing exceptional, impartial customer service. Answer a variety of questions in person and over the phone in the Forest Service visitor center at 2150 Centre Ave., Building E in Fort Collins, CO.
Track and sell National Forest maps, passes and timber products.
Obtain USFS computer access by completing forms and training for security background checks.
Assist public affairs officer with communication campaigns, including social media.
Wear a uniform and accompany Forest Service staff on routine patrols, assisting with educating the public about Leave-No-Trace principles and regulations.
Experience at least one day on a trail crew installing water bars, removing downed trees and more.
Participate in Forest Service orientation and training with staff.
Receive an Interagency Volunteer Annual Pass, after completing 250 hours—good for one year of FREE entry into all National Parks.
Work Schedule Prefer 400-hour commitment. Fourteen weeks at 28 hours/week - May 14 - August 17, 2018. Weekdays 8:30 - 4:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and occasionally Saturdays or Wednesdays.
About Roosevelt National Forest - Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Located in north-central Colorado, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest encompasses more than 650,000 acres primarily in Larimer County. The Canyon Lakes District offers visitors a variety of recreation opportunities throughout the year, and also provides for traditional uses, such as permits for firewood gathering and grazing. The district is home to four wilderness areas, three national recreation trails, two historic districts, and Colorado's only Wild and Scenic River. Colorado Highways 34, 36 and 14 allow access to one of the many hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, four-wheel drive roads, lakes and streams. Multiple volunteer and internship positions provide behind the scenes experiences for students interested in human dimensions of natural resource management, forest stewardship. recreation management, public affairs, communications, and more.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: NO HOUSING OR CAMPING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS POSITION.